Iraq violence leaves seven dead Tuesday after bloodiest month on record in past six years
Clashes in Anbar between ISIL fighters and government soldiers have left the province in shambles (Azhar Shallal/AFP)
Violence throughout Iraq's capital Tuesday has left seven people dead, according to Agence France Presse.
Four bombs detonated throughout the day around the capital, with one car bomb exploding in a western Baghdad neighborhood, killing four, while another bomb north of the capital in Taji left one policeman dead. Two others were killed in separate bombings, and Katyusha rocket attacks also detonated in central Baghdad's green zone near the parliament and the U.S. embassy.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for any of Tuesday's attacks, but Sunni militants such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are typically considered the perpetrators of such attacks.
In related news from Iraq Tuesday, security officials have allegedly regained control of several Ramadi neighborhoods in Anbar province that have been under ISIL militant control in recent weeks. Defense ministry officials also announced this week that warplanes and artillery launched a rare attack on northern Fallujah in an effort to regain the ISIL-controlled city. Previously, government soldiers have largely "stayed out" of Fallujah, "fearing [that] major incursions could ignite a drawn-out campaign with high civilian casualties and heavy damage to property."
More than 1000 people were killed in January from violent attacks throughout the country, representing the worst monthly death toll in nearly six years.
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